Video of “More Waters Rising” from Women’s March

I just became aware of an awesome video of women singing an arrangement of “More Waters Rising” at a Women’s March earlier this year in Richmond Virginia. Thanks to Jamie Kilpatrick for the arrangement. Listen to it here.  

New Audio Piece: My Family’s Lingering Civil War Ghosts

After two years of work, I’ve produced an audio piece called “Calling Out the Ancestors: My Family’s Lingering Civil War Ghosts.” This work has been a labor of love, I hope you enjoy it! I’m looking for stations and shows that may want to…

August Ballad Workshops

I will be teaching several regional ballad and song workshops this August, including resistance songs, shaker songs and hollering! Dates, locations, and full descriptions of the workshops are provided below. Please e-mail me at [email protected] to register. Come learn some new songs, ballads and…

“More Waters Rising” in the Huffington Post

I’m honored by Dan Schatz’s Huffington Post article about my song “More Waters Rising.” You can read it (and watch my video) here! “More Waters” is, in essence, collaborative. It’s inspired by the many movement songs that I grew up with, especially from Appalachian and…

New Song: More Waters Rising

I’ve posted a new song on youtube called “More Waters Rising.” This is a song that I created back in March 2016 when the HB2 bill was passed here in North Carolina. Now in the early days of the Trump administration, this song feels deeply…

A Story Should Be Sung: An Interview with the Bluegrass Situation

I was honored to be interviewed by fellow musician Sam Gleaves for the Bluegrass Situation! Here’s an excerpt: “Ballads are intensely personal and intensely public at the same time, and one song can carry so many different stories, depending on who you ask and…

New Single: “I’m So Glad Today I’m Ready”

I just released a new single on BandCamp called “I’m So Glad Today I’m Ready!” Check it out here! I fell in love with this song several years ago when I was studying the Leonard Roberts Collection at Berea College. The original version of this…

Micaville Elementary School Visit

  A few weeks ago n September 10th, Ash Devine and I visited Micaville Elementary School in Yancey County, NC. I read the Lone Mountain book to a group of bright, amazing 5-year-olds. We discussed what they loved to do in the woods, the…

Songs of Land and Harvest Community Sing

              This is a time of many harvests- bringing in the summer grains and fruits, hurrying to collect the fall veggies and wild plants, slaughtering the livestock that won’t survive the winter, and reflecting on what we’ve sown…

Songs of Home Community Sing

Dear Singer, this month’s sing is: Thurs, August 27th Kairos West Community Center 742 Haywood Rd. in West Asheville (Across from the ISIS Theater) This month’s song theme is: Home! How do you define home? What songs remind you of home? Are they songs…